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The Butterfly Effect

  This was a hard image to get, as all of the new fritillaries were whirling around like … well, […]


Preserves work in every season

While I do enjoy visiting the warm glasshouses of our splendid botanical garden during the winter, the experience can pall. […]


Everyone Furious at National Wildlife Federation!

The yard Scotts wants us to have.  No wildlife allowed. Wow, I’ve never seen so much spontaneous action by gardenbloggers […]

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Got to Scrape the Shit Right Off Your Shoes

It was cold in Louisville last week with morning lows near zero and daytime temperatures struggling to reach the 20s. […]

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Great Healthy Yard Project

That’s Diane Lewis, whose New York Times editorial “The Toxic Brew in our Yards” about pesticides stated the problem so […]

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More Beautiful No-Mow Yards

As promised in my first post about this book, here are more photos from the book, just a few of […]


The “Queen of Green”? You be the Judge

Cheap-shot alert!  Because yes, we’re all sent cheesey emails from publicists that could be posted here for a laugh.  So […]

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Favorite evergreen natives – Ragwort and Bignonia

Today I’m showing off two plants that are not only native to me in Maryland but share two traits I […]

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A meadow’s tale

The first thing I did after I bought the farm was quit mowing the grass. The property is ten acres […]


Lawn-Mowing as a Patriotic Act

Google “lawn mower guy” and you’ll find dozens of stories about Chris Cox, shown here mowing around the Lincoln Memorial.  […]